Millions of American adults grew up with Fred Rogers whose show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood” made him a public television legend. Fatherly, the digital media company geared toward dads, is teaming up with the iHeartPodcast Network to produce Finding Fred. The new ten-episode podcast will explore the legacy and teachings of Rogers.
“Mister Rogers has had a huge impact on an entire generation of children. As this generation becomes parents, raising children of their own, it’s important to discuss how his words and ideas are still relevant today,” said host Carvell Wallace, a bestselling author and award-winning podcaster.
Finding Fred will feature interviews with people whose lives were changed by Rogers, and people who got close enough to understand precisely what motivated him to create a children’s series. They include “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” cast member Francois Clemmons, Rogers biographer Maxwell King, and several of the producers who worked on the TV show, as well as archival material from the series. The podcast will also include conversations with writers such as Ashley C. Ford, Eve Ewing and W. Kamau Bell, investigative journalist Cristof Putzel and TV critic David Bianculli. The show’s creators say biographical details sprinkled throughout will help listeners understand how Rogers arrived at his insights into topics as varied as power, faith, responsibility, and citizenship.
“Finding Fred dives into the core of how we can all be better neighbors to one another. Working with iHeartRadio on this project allows us to create a podcast that will spread widely across a generation looking to reconnect with a true American legend,” said Fatherly Chief Content Officer Andrew Burmon. “There’s no such thing as outgrowing Mister Rogers.”
“Podcasting is an intimate medium that allows listeners to directly connect with a show’s content,” added Conal Byrne, Head of Podcasting at iHeartRadio. “Working with Fatherly on this project has resulted in a truly authentic and meaningful final product that brings listeners back into the world of Fred Rogers.”
The podcast is co-produced by iHeartMedia and Fatherly, in partnership with Transmitter Media, and will be distributed through the iHeartPodcast Network.